Total Access Communication (DTAC) has soft-launched its 4G TD-LTE service via its wholly owned subsidiary TriNet Company, using state-owned Thai telecoms operator TOT’s 2300MHz spectrum, with ten base transceiver stations (BTS) currently being trialled in Bangkok. The Bangkok Post writes that the operator will stage a full commercial launch next month, with plans to deploy 4,000 BTS in 37 provinces by year-end and to provide a nationwide footprint by 2019. Lars Norling, chief executive of DTAC, said the company aims to invest THB15-THB18 billion (USD463-USD556 million) this year to expand its existing 2100MHz spectrum coverage and to deploy the 2300MHz-enabled BTS.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, TOT and DTAC’s TriNet signed a ‘Lease of Telecommunication Equipment Agreement’ and a ‘Domestic Roaming Service Agreement’ in order to launch a 4G TD-LTE network in the 2300MHz band. Under the collaborative framework, TOT will lease telecommunication equipment from TeleAssets (a subsidiary of TriNet) to deploy a fixed-wireless and mobile broadband network. TOT will use a portion of its network capacity in the band (60MHz overall) to provide its 4G services, while the remainder will be used by TriNet via a roaming agreement, under which TOT will receive an annual revenue stream of THB4.51 billion.